Mining focused and all-in results driven


We help you stay ahead of the curve…

During these times of immense change, our mining clients are striving to retain a safe and stable work environment for their employees while keeping their business AISC & OMA costs in line from rising supplier prices and labor skills shortages.

"PVA is a Management Services Consultancy with close to three decades of business that works closely with our Mining Industry Partners to deliver organizational, operational and financial results both in North America & internationally."

- Michael Hayes-Rivet, Sr. Analyst – PVA Mining Practice

Micahel Hayes-Rivet, PVA consultant, kneeling at a mine site

M Hayes-Rivet, Lt. (ret.)

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Areas of Scope

MINE OPERATIONS (Open Pit / UG)

  • Safety Compliance
  • Load & Haul
  • Drill & Blast
  • Dilution
  • Development / Services
  • Dispatch
  • Compliance to Mine Plan
  • ROM Blending / Feeding
  • Crusher Circuit

MAINTENANCE (Mobile / Mill / SD)

  • Safety Compliance
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Works Orders estimating
  • Field / In Pit Rapid Maintenance
  • PM compliance
  • Work Order Backlog management
  • Shut Down Maintenance
  • Reliability Maintenance
  • SD Postmortems

PROCESSING (Mill / Refinery / Plant)

  • Safety Compliance
  • Operational Readiness
  • Basic Operator Envelope skills
  • SPC management systems
  • Recovery

CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT

  • Safety and Policy compliance
  • Productivity
  • Contract compliance
  • Quality execution
  • Vendor Performance Reviews

PROCUREMENT / CONTRACTS / LOG

  • Procurement consolidation
  • Contract & PO Life Cycle management
  • End User compliance
  • Vendor SLAs & Rates
  • Negotiation skills

MATERIALS / INVENTORY

  • Stock vs. Direct Buy
  • Critical Spares
  • In-Stock & Inventory Control
  • Kitting / Parts Delivery / Laydowns

Challenges

Within the Mining industry, some of the challenges we have recently seen are:

  1. Safety compliance opportunities by Mine and Contractor workforce in executing new procedures and processes.
  2. Increased AISC pressures while labor and material costs continue to increase.
  3. Aging Assets and Fleets resulting in poor utilization; Budget attainment-to-plan; and increased OPEX and maintenance spend.
  4. Numerous ineffective communications and hands-offs between business areas impacting cost and schedule.
  5. New / Emerging Technology platforms not getting the anticipated return on investments.
  6. Lack of sufficient Manager and Supervisor training & coaching too prepare the next generation of frontline leaders.
  7. Management Operating Systems that are Data Rich but do not drive the right “Behaviors at the Point of Execution” © focusing on Safety, Quality and Efficiencies in the processes.

Approach

Our Approach begins in the Assessment Phase with gaining a deep understanding of our top client’s vision for future success and determining if there is a gap between the current state and their strategies for realizing it.

We then combine our pure reputation for always delivering on our operational and financial benefit commitments, along with our industry-unique methodology of the strategic installation of significantly more effective processes and management systems across all in-scope functions of the client business enterprise, in order to sustainably transform our client organizations in-line with their vision.

Our mining clients, who are 95% unionized, have relied on us to help them achieve sustained results in:

  • 100% Safety Compliance and Safety Management Systems
  • Opex & Capex cost reduction
  • Improved operational efficiency
  • Improved attainment to budget and unit costs
  • Improved Asset and Fleet availability and utilization
  • Decreased work backlogs
  • Improved maintenance program schedule attainment